OKLAHOMA CITY (May 31, 2017) – The TSET Board of Directors approved 23 incentive grant awards for communities, school districts and school sites at their quarterly meeting this month.
In total, $172,500 was awarded to 6 communities, 16 school districts and 1 school site as part of the TSET Healthy Communities and Healthy Schools Incentive Grant programs.
These grant funds are earmarked as part of a long-term, comprehensive effort to prevent Oklahoma kids from starting to smoke or becoming obese. Grants are awarded to communities and schools that have implemented key strategies to increase healthy opportunities for employees, residents, and students.
In communities, key strategies for health include tobacco-free environments, suicide prevention, active living, offering and promoting fruits and vegetables through community gardens, farmers markets and making healthy foods more appealing and affordable.Strategies for schools include a district wellness policy that focuses on better nutrition and more physical activity to improve the health of students. Schools must also provide a tobacco-free, vape free environment at all times.
TSET incentive grants are available to communities and schools that have received certification through the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program, which is a partnership between the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the Oklahoma Turning Point Council, the State Chamber and the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
As a result of implementing these policies and strategies, communities and schools are able to determine how the incentive funds will be used to further promote health. Grant funds are frequently used to leverage other funds for projects that advance health. Incentive grants amounts are based on population and enrollment and the types of strategies implemented.
“We are proud to recognize communities and schools that are making the healthy choice the easy choice,” said TSET Executive Director John Woods. “By taking the actions recommended by the Certified Healthy Oklahoma Program and TSET Incentive Grant programs, these communities and schools are making meaningful changes that encourage Oklahomans to live a healthy lifestyle and prevent tobacco use and obesity before they take root. Combined with other prevention efforts, these communities and schools are working to reduce the demand on an already stressed health care system; saving lives and saving money.”
Healthy Communities Incentive Grant Awards
Healthy Districts Incentive Grant Awards
Healthy Schools Incentive Grant Awards
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The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working towards shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working across the state, by cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and by working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public's health. TSET. Better Lives Through Better Health.